The World’s Best Homemade Play-Doh

Cooked play dough recipe

I’ve had this homemade play-doh recipe in my arsenal since middle school and it’s LITERALLY the best homemade play-doh on earth.

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Read more about this after the recipe!


last week, which seems like 50 million years ago, my second-grader informed me Sunday night that he needed to bring homemade salt dough to school the next day. If I were a good mom and checked her folder every night like I’m supposed to, I would have seen this note, but unfortunately, I’m not a folder-checking mom and I imagine if it’s important enough, he’ll tell me or the teacher will text me, wondering if I’m going to send the tour money.

She had attached a recipe, but you see, I consider myself a kind of salt dough snob and I knew just by looking at her that it wouldn’t be enough. So I made him a batch of this play-doh (reluctantly… Because it was 8:00 Sunday night where we celebrated daylight saving time and the next day was the beginning of the teachers’ appreciation week, and, like an idiot, I had signed up to bring cookies and gravy to 2 of my 3 children’s schools on the worst Monday morning of the year.)

When he got home from school, I anxiously asked, “Did you have the best doh game in the class?” And then I wondered when I became the kind of person who participates in quality competitions that no one else knows they’re competing in.

So. I give everyone the best homemade Play-Doh recipe in the world. I guarantee you that not even your saltier than salty dough teenagers will be able to resist playing with these things.

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How to make the best homemade play-doh

in the world You will need 3 cups of all-purpose white flour, 2 tablespoons of

cream of tartar, 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of table salt, 3-4 tablespoons of any cooking oil (start with 3 and add more if needed), 3 cups of HOT water and food coloring.

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Add the flour, cream of tartar

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and 3 tablespoons of cooking oil to a large pot.add coconut oil to the world

I am using coconut oil because

I love my children more than you and because coconut oil seeps through their pores and kills germs circulating in their bloodstream. Just kidding. None of that is true. I’m using it because I have a jar from when it was fresh to use coconut oil for everything and I need to use it before it spoils and if the world catches fire, I’m not frying my last fried chicken in coconut oil because I used the last of my peanut oil in the doh home game.


ingredients for the best homemade play doh

Beat together. Add water

and beat until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the dough forms a soft ball. Make sure you don’t overcook, it will be too dry. Remove from heat and then scrape the mixture into a ball. Place in a Ziploc bag or cover with plastic wrap and let cool slightly. <img

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and use food coloring as you wish

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(If you want everything to be the same color, add the food coloring with the water.) If you add food coloring now, it could get your hands on it. Okay, no one is going to see you anyway, but you can add a few drops of bleach to some hand soap and it will come off.

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For very vibrant colors, use more than you think you’ll need

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When you finish playing with the dough, store it in airtight containers or Ziploc bags.

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